She’s all of 17 and is all set to make her debut in Sandalwood this year. Meet Samyukta Hegde, who has signed her first film Kirik Party opposite Rakshit Shetty.
Talking about how the film came about, a thrilled Samyukta says, “I got a call from the associate director asking me to audition for a Rakshit Shetty film, but I thought it was a prank! But he called me again after a few days and this time, I believed him. My board exams were going on, but despite that, I went to Jayanagar for an audition. The door opened, and I was shocked to see Rakshit right in front of me. They explained the plot to me and I liked it. After I auditioned, they gave me the cheque and said ‘welcome to Kirik Party.”
An overwhelmed Samyukta is thrilled about acting with Rakshit in her very first flick. “He’s an inspiration for the younger generation. I’ve seen his film Ulidavaru Kandante and I’m a big fan of his,” says the former reality TV star. The film, she says, revolves around three engineering students and portrays their lives over a period of four years.
Ask her about making her debut at such a young age and she says, “It feels great, I never expected this to happen. I’m extremely happy that I’m getting to work with such a good actor and an amazing team — there’s a lot of energy on the sets. I feel like it’s my time.”
On a personal note, talking about her family background, Samyukta reveals, “I was born and brought up in Bengaluru. My mom is a Christian and dad is a Brahmin. We follow two religions in the same house. I’m a mixed breed!”
A student of Jain College, this talented teen is pursuing her BA in psychology and journalism. She’s also a professional dancer, having forayed into dancing 13 years ago. “Dance is everything to me. I want to continue dancing even in the future,” says the dance aficionado, who is trained in several genres of dance including jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop.
Talk veers back to films and Samyukta throws light on her dream roles. “I want to do a film like NH10, which is a female-oriented thriller. I also want to do an action film — I’m a huge fan of Malashree maam. I want to act with Puneeth Sir and Sudeep Sir. I’m a huge fan of the two actors,” says the enthusiastic young actress.